Getting married once is hard in itself! Do I have to ask 20 different people to stand up because I was in their ceremonies? Do I want white or eggshell for the dress? Hair up or down? Veil or no veil?
Try doing it a second time.
As a second-time-around bride, I decided the best approach would be, to quote Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way.” Meaning, this was not going to be a dress that cost more than I make in a month and a series of matching dresses my friends would despise and never wear again. Instead, I opted for elegance, with a lower key. BCBG Max Azria (a favorite label of mine) makes stunning gowns, including the one I chose. It was a steal off eBay and is white with a black accent.
For my bridal party, I chose the classic Little Black Dress of their choice (especially since they’re coming literally from all over the world, including Uganda and suburban Boston). I am loving this LBD from RED Valentino I found for $575 at Saks Fifth Avenue. I want my bridesmaids to be comfortable and not look like frosted cupcakes. Admit it! We’ve all been to at least one wedding where that was he case.
So far, finding shoes has proved to be the biggest challenge. As an avid consignment and eBay shopper, I scoured site after site to find something classy. I ended up landing these Jimmy Choo satin d’Orsay pumps for around $70 off eBay. Choo is a revered shoemaker, but one I’ve never been able to afford (until now).
Getting married is hard –– you’re pulled a million different directions style-wise and planning wise. My advice is to do what you want. The day you marry the love of your life is one you want to remember for having a good time with friends and family, not how you had to have a bridesmaid back you into a bathroom stall because your dress was so poofy!
The attitude is low-key elegance! Embrace the quirky side of life and shine on.
Next Thursday we’ll be traveling back to Fashion Wrap Up. Join us on this fabulous journey.
Christy Pastore, Adrian Kendrick, Devon Scott